Dina Hall – Free
Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
DINA HALL – FREE
Dina Hall has a voice that once you hear it, it sticks with you! Her powerful vocals and the storylines that her lyrics portray are moving life experiences that most of us have felt. With her ever present companion, the acoustic guitar, she lays out a unique sound that can only be described as deep and heartfelt.
Add to it the vocals that eminate from those talented pipes of hers and you get an expressive sound that send a powerful message. Comparing her music to other artists is difficult but Mellissa Etheridge and KD Lang do come to mind.
Recorded live at Godfrey Daniels and the Wildflower Cafe, “Free” give the listener that great ambiance and feeling one get from a performance like this.
The title track “Free” is a moving number about spousal abuse that is very strong in its message. Kudos for coming out with this! “She Can’t Recall” talks about the trials of a teen who is lost in life and trying to find her way. “Logic & The Heart” is a tune that deals with affairs of the heart that is in the mold of a Sarah McLachlan. This is my choice for single release!
“I’m In Love” is a nice mid-tempo number that I see as a day in the life of Dina and her partner. Her acoustic guitar work is crisp and clean and those awe inspiring vocals hit home. “8:42 AM” is a very deep tune that comes from her heart and soul. She just exudes feeling from start to finish.
“Cry” is about a true sad life event about child abuse that she witnessed firsthand. She was so moved by this that the scars that it left are portrayed in this song. “Inside Out” is a nice original number with a bit of the fair for country with the nice slide guitar work. This could also be a breakout number in the Country radio format.
“Angel from Montgomery” is a John Prine number flawlessly performed by Michael Fritz on slide guitar and Dina on her ever present acoustic guitar. This remake is awesome! I really like the originality projected here by Dina on her vocals. “Song for a Winters Night” is one of those timeless classics that have been performed by Gordon Lightfoot and Sarah McLachlan. Dina adds her own personal flavor to this timeless tune.
Creative, Unique, Heartfelt and Moving are 4 words that I would use to describe this flawless effort by Dina Hall. If you have the opportunity to see her live, do it, you’ll walk away with a great feeling!